ANCYL stages a second march

2018-02-21 06:02
ANCYL members marching to Maphumulo Spar to show their dissatisfaction about the store selling sub standard goods.PHOTO:nkosinathi dube

ANCYL members marching to Maphumulo Spar to show their dissatisfaction about the store selling sub standard goods.PHOTO:nkosinathi dube

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THE ANC Youth League in the Greater KwaDukuza Region took to the streets, marching to Maphumulo Spar to hand over a memorandum of demands on Friday, February 9.

Thousands of ANCYL members from across the KwaDukuza region gathered at KwaTshobho area before making their way to Maphumulo Spar. The march was led by provincial chairperson Kwazi Mshengu.

Among the issues the ANC Youth League were addressing was that the store is selling substandard goods to the people of Maphumulo, the exploitation of workers and the company not making a meaningful contribution to the community as well as paying workers below living wage.

Addressing the marchers and the store management, Mshengu said that they will not allow the “dignity of a black person to be looked down upon”.

“As the youth we understand our struggle and that struggle is to protect the dignity of our people. In this regard, we expect the Spar management to heed and attend to our demands and if they are not met we will not only mobilise young people from this region but we will actually camp inside the store,” said Mshengu.

The league leadership then demanded that the store owners come out and address them regarding the issues they raised and commit themselves to resolving every one of them. This, however ,did not happen as the memorandum was accepted by one of the employees.

Reading out the memorandum of demands, ANCYL secretary Musa Zondi said the youth of Greater KwaDukuza, upon repeatedly hearing the cries of many consumers of Spar, have taken a conscious decision to stand side by side with the people in confronting the source of their problem.

“We have come together here to relay the annoyance of the people of Maphumulo at large who for years through their hard-earned incomes have been supporting Spar. As the ANCYL of the Greater KwaDukuza Region, we want the management of the Spar Group to see to it that these demands are attended to and resolved in no less than 31 days,” he said.

Tensions flared when the march turned violent as the angry crowd tried forcing its way inside the store, leading to clashes with the police who dispersed them by firing tear gas and rubber bullets. Intervention by the leadership helped calm the situation and the store has not commented on the damage caused during the clashes.

The store manager has since accepted and signed the memorandum of demands and promised to solve some of the issues within seven days but will also hold a meeting with top management and the ANC regional executive committee shortly.

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